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First Criminal Charges Filed In BP Gulf Oil Spill

The first criminal charges were filed on Tuesday in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. An engineer for BP was charged with obstruction of justice for deleting hundreds of text messages after the spill. Carrie Johnson talks to Robert Siegel.
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Bird Flu Scientist Has Applied For Permit To Export Research

The Dutch scientist at the center of the controversy over recent bird flu experiments says that his team applied for government permission Tuesday to submit a paper describing their research to a science journal. He is optimistic the request will be granted, but had hoped he wouldn't need the special permit.
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Melt Or Grow? Fate Of Himalayan Glaciers Unknown

A few years ago, the U.N.'s climate panel warned that the Himalayas' glaciers were quickly disappearing. The claim was dead wrong. The true picture of how the ice in those glaciers is responding to a warming world is far more complex. "There are so many uncertainties that it's really hard to predict the future of the glaciers," says one scientist.
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VIDEO: Space Out With NASA's 'Walking On Air'

Time lapse sequences photographed by the crew of the International Space Station take viewers around the world and past a stunning selection of auroras, lightning and other natural displays.
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How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water

After an outbreak of E. coli in spinach killed several people in 2006, farmers clamped down on every possible source of contamination. Those safety efforts have also pushed out wildlife, destroyed sensitive habitats and increased pollution in waterways.
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A Return To 'Safety First' For Michigan Nuclear Plant

The Palisades Power Plant, one of Van Buren County's biggest employers, has one of the worst safety records in the country. After five unplanned shutdowns in 2011, the plant is now trying to prove to federal regulators that it's up to their standards.
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Wasting Away: An Earth Day Look At Living Among Garbage

Around the globe, waste can tell both an environmental and social story. Here are some reports of communities living in, among and off of others' trash.
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Expedition Seeks To Save Florida's 'Terra Incognita'

Four adventurers are coming to the end of a 1,000-mile trek across the state. That might have been the easy part. Their goal: Document the disconnected and disappearing wildlife in Florida's interior and promote a continuous natural corridor the length of the state.
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Lights Off, Eyes Open: New Moon Darkens Skies For Meteor Shower

The Lyrids aren't known for their flashy shows, but this year they're getting some help. The height of the showers is expected Sunday morning before dawn, and darker skies will make viewing more exciting.

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